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Neogenesis - eARC
by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Publisher: Baen Books

Menace from Back Space Looming out of the Dust of Time

The Complex Logic Laws were the result of a war waged hundreds of years in the past, when two human powers threw massive AI navies at each other and nearly annihilated themselves. Being human, they blamed their tools for this near miss; they destroyed what was left of the sentient ships, and made it illegal to be, manufacture, or shelter an independent logic.

Strangely, however, the Free Ships and other AIs did not turn themselves in or suicide, they merely became wary of humans, and stayed under their scans. A clandestine support network grew up, including hidden yards where smart ships were manufactured, and mentors--humans specially trained to ease a new intelligence into the universe--socialized them, and taught them what they needed to know to survive.

Among those with a stake in the freedom of Independent Logics is Theo Waitley, who is somewhat too famously the captain of intelligent ship Bechimo. Theo's brother, Val Con yos'Phelium, presides over a household that has for a generation employed an AI butler. Recently, he approved the "birth" of the butler's child, who was sent, with human mentor Tolly Jones, to rescue or destroy an orphaned AI abandoned at a remote space station.

Then there's Uncle, the shadowy mastermind from the Old Universe, whose many projects often skirt the boundaries of law, both natural and man-made – and the puppet-masters at the Lyre Institute, whose history is just as murky – and a good deal less honorable.

All have an interest in the newly-awakening Self-Aware Logic that is rumored to have the power to destroy universes.

The question is: Who will get to it first?

Published: 9/21/2017
SKU: A9781481482783
Ebook Price: $15.00


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1. Keith on 11/18/2017, said:

I laughed till I cried at some points. Some threads got brought to an ending and new ones got opened. Some branched off from the closed ones. I think a new reader with this as start will get something from it. I started with the first Theo book and then went back from there. Looking forwards to the next one. Thank you Sharon and Steve.
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2. Peter on 10/21/2017, said:

Too many viewpoint characters, and not enough plot movement.
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3. Marilyn J. on 10/16/2017, said:

Very enjoyable read, one of the least error ridden eARCs ever. Can see a lot of possibilities for the future. Love the way various plot lines interweave.
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4. Cherie on 10/6/2017, said:

while many solutions are given to previously open plot lines, there are still plenty left open for more books. some lines neatly tied, others not so much. the characters ring true as always and a good mix of drama and comedy as always. enjoyed this one very much and as always, looking forward to the next and hoping it will not be long in coming!
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5. Ixcaneco on 10/4/2017, said:

Satisfying in providing many answers while also a good story. Maybe a little too much jumping around for me, but well worth it. Not sure how it would read for someone new to the series. However a must read for fans.
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6. Mary on 9/29/2017, said:

As a reader of the Klan histories from the beginning in 1989, I found this journal almost totally satisfying. I only await the completion of this era in the Klan's history with absolute anticipation.
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7. Skipper on 9/28/2017, said:

Somewhat enjoyable. Various plot threads do come together, to some extent. As far as plot development, the pace felt slow at times, especially when one considers the scale of the problem that had to be solved. However, some of the slow scenes at home on Surebleak were pleasant.

I am not entirely happy with how things worked out for Stost and Chernak, but maybe there is more to come in the next book.

Also, where was the joyous reunion? To me, it seemed blindingly obvious how their identities should be handled, but the authors drew that decision out, tediosuly so, leaving no time for a celebration.

Was there any small celebration when a malevolent enemy bit the dust? The death notice felt like an afterthought, or even a question.

Shan doesn't appear in this book, nor does the DOI. Tree does appear in key roles in several major scenes. We also see Yulie Shaper, Theo Waitley, the Bedel, etc. etc.

Poignant scene with Tocohl and Jeeves.

Narrative mode: 3rd person POV from various characters, with the scene jumping from place to place. Some scenes felt like a deliberate clan-house comedy or farce, while other scenes carried grim tones. The pacing and rising action felt out of balance.

I would have liked to see Lyre disappear.
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8. Beth on 9/28/2017, said:

So many plot threads tied up! But be prepared to be extremely angry with the Lyre Institute. Probably worse than D.o.I.
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9. Tom on 9/27/2017, said:

Lots of plot threads finally tied together with the final teaser at the end (the Miller and Lee marketing engine at work). A very good read.
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10. Barry on 9/26/2017, said:

Best book yet. Amazing to see them weave so many intertwined threads together so well. Great read!
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